A carotid endarterectomy removes plaque blocking an artery in your neck that provides the brain with blood (a carotid artery). The surgeon exposes the artery, removes the unwanted plaque, and may widen the artery with a patch.
If you have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, you may be at risk for problems regarding arteries throughout your body, as well. For example, the arteries leading to your brain, kidneys, arms, and legs can narrow, block, or form blood clots, causing strokes and other problems. Your healthcare provider may send you to a […]